Google Apps News & Analysis
| Wednesday Aug 27, 2014
Google quietly landed what could be a killer blow for Microsoft Apps with the release of a number of upgrades to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
The first piece of bad news for Microsoft: Google created a separate iOS app for Slides, its answer to Microsoft PowerPoint.
The rest of the bad news comes in the form of upgrades to the existing Google Docs and Sheets apps for iOS. With them, users can open, create and edit native Microsoft Office files on any iOS device for the first time.
Google Apps are platform and device neutral — and they are also cheaper than Microsoft's offerings.
| Thursday Aug 14, 2014
Cheeky Google is stomping all over what has until recently been an exclusive Microsoft stomping ground. Well, nearly exclusive. Google has just announced the release of Google Classroom for anyone that is currently using Google Apps for Education.
Classroom is a collaboration tool that enables students keep track of what assignments are due, enable teachers to track what is happening in the physical classroom and provide direct, real-time feedback to students on their progress.
| Tuesday Jul 29, 2014
Google is making it even easier to move from Microsoft Office to Google Docs.
At last month’s Google I/O conference, Google gave Office users the ability to edit documents in Docs, which was one of the sticking points for those considering a jump to Google.
We didn’t think it could do much more to make Docs attractive, but it has. Like last month’s QuickOffice integration, this enhancement is small but significant. The upgrade comes in the shape of tracking changes.
| Thursday Jul 17, 2014
Microsoft announced a few weeks ago that it was going to provide transparency around its Office 365 business. — and also said it would be shaking up the price plans. It did just that at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and the good news is that prices are going down August 1.
Before popping the champagne corks though. read on. The cheaper edition will be available to new midsize business customers next month. But existing customers will have to wait to the beginning of October 2015 before the full impact of the changes kick-in. So much for rewarding customer loyalty.
| Thursday Jul 10, 2014
Google has offered the surest sign yet that Europe and its IT sector are starting to shrug off the recession. The sign comes in the shape of a new venture capital fund that will “invest in the best ideas from the best European entrepreneurs.”
The news was confirmed this morning in a blog post by Bill Maris, managing partner with Google Ventures, who wrote that Google is looking for a new generation of European entrepreneurs to invest in.
| Tuesday Jul 1, 2014
Edward Snowden has done more for electronic security than anyone else. Singlehandedly, he has forced some of the biggest IT vendors to take a close look at data, data transfer, and how it is stored.
This follows the revelation that security agencies across the world were systematically scanning emails.
In response, Google has made much of its email encryption practices and its efforts to secure the contents of the email itself.
Last night, Microsoft, in turn announced that it has upgraded its encryption standards across all its networks.
| Friday Jun 27, 2014
Every time Google or Microsoft makes an announcement about lowering the price of storage, someone asks us why anyone would pay more for a service like Dropbox, Box, Syncplicity, Egnyte, Accellion … you get the picture.
So yesterday, at its I/O Conference, when Google announced Google Drive for Work (a combination of Google apps and Google Drive with added security and reporting features that comes with unlimited storage for $10 per user per month), we were slammed with inquiries. Has Google had just entered — and, all at once, won — the file sync and share market in the Enterprise?
| Thursday Jun 26, 2014
If you’re one of the top cats in the Microsoft business division, the Google I/O conference must be one of the most irritating things of the year.
At I/O, Google always seems to find a way to squeeze the fun from Microsoft’s master plan to rule the business world. This year, the ‘something’ comes in the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents in Google Docs.
At face value, it doesn’t seem too serious. But when you stand back and look at it, it takes on far more significance than first impressions convey.
| Tuesday Jun 10, 2014
If you haven’t protected the data you're holding in Salesforce, you’re taking a risk. What if it disappears? What if you loose it? There are recovery apps available to deal with those kinds of scenarios, but they are often complicated, expensive and difficult to use.
Spanning claims its upgrade offers an alternative.
According to the Texas-based start-up, its updated Backup for Salesforce App offers new options directly through the user interface. It enables business users and anyone else tasked with securing customer information not only the ability to back-up, but also the ability to restore data.
| Thursday May 29, 2014
Google has taken up the challenge of shedding light on retail behavior by adding enhanced e-commerce capabilities to its analytics platform.
By combining analytics and e-commerce, Google claims it will be able to offer marketing and customer experience managers insight into not only what their customers are thinking, but also how effective their marketing campaigns have been.
| Thursday May 22, 2014
Thailand seems an unlikely place for competition in the productivity suite market to erupt. However, the announcement last night by Microsoft that it has signed a deal with the Thai government to provide 8 million students with Office 365 should stir things up in Asia.
According to the statement from the government, Microsoft has agreed to provide Microsoft Office 365 Education for the next five years.
| Monday Apr 28, 2014
Two things are made clear in the new benchmark report from SoftWatch: 1. Business users spend a lot less time using their Office applications than might be thought. 2. If an organization did an in-depth analysis of Office usage across the enterprise, they might well find that dumping Office and moving to another, cheaper productivity suite could save them an awful lot of money.
| Tuesday Mar 18, 2014
Google and Cisco are putting their enterprise collaboration faith into the little $200 laptop.
Or maybe they're just trying to gang up on Microsoft.
No matter how you slice it, the companies announced today at Enterprise Connect in Orlando a collaboration for collaboration software: the Cisco WebEx experience on Google's Chromebook and the integration of Cisco UC technologies into Google Apps.
| Thursday Mar 13, 2014
One hit apparently deserves another. Just a few weeks after Microsoft Office dealt another blow in the ongoing slugfest with Google Drive, the Internet giant is fighting back.
In the past three days, Google has made two announcements that are creating new disruptions. One of them — a new Office 365 to Google Apps referral program — seems specifically designed to annoy Microsoft, while the other, the release of third-party add-ons to Google Apps, adds additional functionality.
| Thursday Jan 9, 2014
It’s slow in the document management space after the holidays, but there are still some notable points — including the fact the City of Boston has turned to Google and away from Microsoft. Meanwhile, Adobe is shutting down Workspaces, Dell and PSIGEN have formalized their partnership and Microsoft has announced some of the price plans for Power BI for Office 365.